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Lee "Lefty" Hisek



A 1967 Tyndall High and University of South Dakota grad, the "Tyndall Tornado" was one of the state's greatest track sprinters. He was state prep champ in the 100-yard dash three times, and he was a three-time state prep champ in the 220 as well. Known for his blazing start, Hisek set state records in the 100 (9.8) and 220 (22.3). In the 1967 state meet, he earned gold medals in all four events he entered (100, 220, 440 relay, 880 relay), setting a Class B state-meet record in each event, to help Coach Howard Taplett's Panthers to their second consecutive state title.

In high school, he played on a state championship Teener baseball team and and was an all-state running back in football.

In college, the 5-foot-7, 155-pounder was the North Central Conference 100 champ in 1969 and '70, won the 220 in 1969 and was a member of the 400 relay champs in 1970. He was the MVP of the 1969 NCC meet. He set the USD record in the 100 (9.6) and he ran on USD's 880 relay squad that set a state collegiate record of 1:27.2.

Hisek also coached for about 10 years, first as an assistant at USD under his old coach, Dan Lennon, then three years at Gettysburg and a year each at Aberdeen and Pierre. He also was the coach at Yankton College for two years.

He received a master's degree in physiology of exercise from the University of Kansas. He worked in fitness/wellness businesses in Topeka, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Paris, Texas. When USD decided to offer a physical therapy degree, Hisek was accepted and graduated from the first class.

He was inducted into the South Dakota High School Track, Howard Wood Dakota Relays and USD halls of fame.










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